ConventionSouth

FEB 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS TOP PICKS: Greensboro Area CVB (800) 344-2282 www.visitgreensboronc.com " Greensboro, N.C. meet in the center of it all. Located in the center of N.C. and the East Coast." Visit Winston-Salem (866) 728-4200 w ww.visitwinstonsalem.com "Winston-Salem blends rich Colonial roots with a southern vibe. Discover why Winston-Salem is your Southern wake-up call." Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem (877) 888-9762 www.twincityquarter.com "Twin City Quarter includes the Marriott, Embassy Suites and Benton Convention Center. Connected via climate controlled walkways, the Quarter has 61 guest rooms and 170,000 sq. ft. of meeting space." Embassy Suites Hotel Winston-Salem (877) 888-9762 www.twincityquarter.com Benton Convention Center (877) 888-9762 www.twincityquarter.com FOLLOW UP: High Point CVB www.highpoint.org Burlington/Alamance Co. CVB www.visitalamance.com NORTH CAROLINA TRIAD IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the N.C. Triad area through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. N O R T H C A R O L I N A T R I A D F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43 Like its North Carolina Triad sister cities, part of High Point's appeal is its sense of history. Among its attractions are the Museum of Old Domestic Life, located in a former Quaker meeting hall built in 1858; the Mendenhall Plantation, another building of 19 th century Quaker origin; and the High Point Theatre, with a 963- seat auditorium and three exhibi- tion galleries – all rentable. And, of course, High Point has the International Home Furnish- ings Center and more than 40 furniture stores and outlets open to the public. The biggest recent news, however, for High Point was the move of the city's CVB into a brand new Uptown High Point facility devoted to a broader regional perspective. The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau moved its offices last year to a new facility in the Com- merce Building. The High Point Regional Visi- tors Center had its grand opening last August and sports 14 "galleries" that offer themed infor- mation for (mostly) Central North Carolina, along with five touch-screen kiosks. "We have started several new initiatives in High Point and we just had our grand opening in August of our New Regional Visitors Center here in High Point," said Nancy Bowman, Mar- keting & Communications Manager for the High Point CVB. "We're really excited about it. It promotes primarily High Point and the area within a 90-mile radius. It's a great resource for groups and other visitors." In other High Point developments, the newly reflagged 252-room Radisson Hotel High Point, located downtown, is getting ready to undergo major renovations, according to Bowman. The property is the city's largest hotel and has a full- service restaurant, a pub and about 11,000 square feet of meeting space. Also, the former Ashford Suited close to the Piedmont Triad Airport has undergone major renovations and is now an 81-room Wingate by Wyndham property. "High Point is a great destination because our service is above and beyond what you'll find elsewhere," said Bowman. "We give you service you can't find anywhere else. That's what keeps people coming back." n n o timetable has yet been established. "It's really exciting to see the reinvestment being put into the center of the city," exclaimed Schroeder. "The unique thing about that Center is that it connects to our Embassy Suites and our Marriott Hotel all in one complex. The M.C. Benton Jr. Convention Center is in the downtown complex known as the Twin City Quarter which collectively with its adjoining hotels offers 170,000-square feet of flexible meeting space including five individual ball- rooms, exhibit space, breakout rooms, board- rooms, reception areas and private dining rooms. Schroeder said that the renovations to the convention center will not entail adding space. The Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem in the Twin City Quarter is a 315-room four-star hotel that was a 2014 Readers' Choice Award winner. The 146-room Embassy Suites Win- ston-Salem is also connected to the convention center and has the special amenity of being pet-friendly. On the Winston-Salem hotel scene, the Uni- versity Inn and Conference Center – A Mag- nuson Hotel near the Wake Forest University campus will be completely renovated and re- flagged to become a DoubleTree later this year. Another renovation/reflag will take place at the former Wingate by Wyndham, though the new brand hasn't been announced yet. Winston-Salem's current downtown sleep- ing room inventory is about 900. n High Point: New Regional Visitors' Center "Home Furnishings Capital of the World"

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